Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

This qualification provides a trade outcome in painting and decorating for residential and commercial construction work.

Occupational titles may include:

Painter and decorator.

The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that cover common skills for the construction industry, as well as two specialist fields of work.

The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.


To achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate competency in:

27 units of competency:

23 core units

4 elective units.

A maximum of two of the four required elective units may be substituted by selecting relevant units of competency from any Certificate III or IV construction qualification or qualification in another endorsed Training Package.

Some units in this qualification may have prerequisite requirements, which must be met when packaging the qualification. Users are referred to the list of add topic CPC08 units with prerequisite unit requirements available in this Training Package for this purpose.

Core units

add topic CPCCCM1012A

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry

add topic CPCCCM1013A

Plan and organise work

add topic CPCCCM1014A

Conduct workplace communication

add topic CPCCCM1015A

Carry out measurements and calculations

add topic CPCCCM2001A

Read and interpret plans and specifications

add topic CPCCCM2003B

Calculate and cost construction work

add topic CPCCCM2010B

Work safely at heights

add topic CPCCOHS2001A

Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry

Painting and decorating preparation field of work

add topic CPCCCM3001C

Operate elevated work platforms

add topic CPCCPB3026B

Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems

add topic CPCCPD2011A

Handle painting and decorating materials

add topic CPCCPD2012A

Use painting and decorating tools and equipment

add topic CPCCPD2013A

Remove and replace doors and door and window components

add topic CPCCPD3021A

Prepare surfaces for painting

Painting and decorating operations field of work

add topic CPCCCM2008B

Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding

add topic CPCCPD3022A

Apply paint by brush and roller

add topic CPCCPD3023A

Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray

add topic CPCCPD3024A

Apply paint by spray

add topic CPCCPD3025A

Match specified paint colour

add topic CPCCPD3026A

Apply stains and clear timber finishes

add topic CPCCPD3027A

Apply wallpaper

add topic CPCCPD3028A

Apply decorative paint finishes

add topic CPCCPD3031A

Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

Elective units

Specialist painting and decorating field of work

add topic CPCCPD3029A

Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings

add topic CPCCPD3030B

Apply protective paint coating systems

add topic CPCCPD3032A

Apply advanced wallpaper techniques

add topic CPCCPD3033A

Apply intumescent coatings

add topic CPCCPD3034A

Apply advanced decorative paint finishes

add topic CPCCSP3003A

Apply trowelled texture coat finishes

General electives

add topic BSBSMB301

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB406

Manage small business finances

add topic LMFGG2008B

Glaze/re-glaze residential windows and doors


    Not applicable.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Licensing Information

Not applicable.

Employability Skills

Employability skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicates with clients, colleagues and others using effective and appropriate communication techniques, including:

Clear and direct communication

Active listening

Verbal and non-verbal language

Questioning to identify and confirm requirements

Language and concepts appropriate to cultural differences

Follows instructions from supervisor and other relevant persons

Understands, interprets and applies information as required from:

Regulatory, legislative, licensing and organisational requirements

Environmental and OHS requirements, including material safety data sheets (MSDS)

Codes and standards

Plans, drawings and specifications


Load tables

Safety signs and symbols

Organisational policies and procedures

Understands relevant definitions, terminology, symbols, abbreviations and language

Prepares quotations, tender documentation and other costing documents as required

Records relevant information, including details of products, services, costs and inspection logs

Calculates materials, labour and overhead costs, including mark-up percentages

Applies measurements and calculations using appropriate equipment, formulas and records as required

Reports and records hazards and risks


Works as part of a team

Provides assistance and encouragement to other team members

Initiates and encourages improvements in team performance

Identifies and utilises the strengths of other team members

Relates to people from diverse social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

Coordinates and actions tasks

Participates in on-site meetings

Problem solving

Examines tools and equipment prior to use for damage, missing components or other defects

Identifies typical faults and problems and takes remedial action and/or reports to supervisor

Checks job location and storage/holding area to ensure adequate provision of ventilation and fire safety

Carries out tests on substrate and surface materials

Matches paint colour to specified sample

Rectifies simple faults with tools and equipment

Initiative and enterprise

Identifies opportunities to improve resource efficiency and makes suggestions as appropriate

Responds to change and workplace challenges

Puts ideas into action

Maximises use of resources by recycling, re-using or using appropriate disposal methods

Planning and organising

Identifies hazards and implements appropriate hazard control measures

Identifies and manages risks

Selects and uses appropriate materials, tools and equipment

Carries out site inspection to confirm requirements

Estimates materials, labour and time for job

Determines material quantity requirements and checks for conformity to requirements

Prioritises and sequences tasks

Applies time management skills to ensure work is completed to time requirements

Self management

Evaluates own actions and makes judgements about performance and necessary improvements

Contributes to workplace responsibilities, such as current work site environmental/sustainability frameworks or management systems

Manages own performance to meet workplace standards

Seeks support to improve work performance

Cleans up work area, including tools and equipment


Identifies own learning needs and seeks skill development as required

Is open to learning new ideas and techniques


Uses calculators

Uses and operates a range of tools and equipment correctly and safely

Properly starts up, operates and shuts down equipment

Carries out pre- and post-operational checks on tools and equipment

Performs tool and equipment maintenance as required